It’s been almost ten years since security researcher Jay Radcliffe demonstrated how to hack into his own insulin pump onstage at a conference. He could have used the pump to inject a deadly dosage of the medication into his system if he’d chosen to. Instead, he asked that medical businesses pay attention to the security threat. According to Mike Johnson, a security technologies expert at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute, that presentation and others like it were “wake-up calls” about the dangers of connecting insecure Medical Devices to the internet.
The facility will serve as a nexus for organisations that work with Medical Devices at all stages of their lives, from creation through use at a patient’s bedside. Johnson said, “We want to bring all of these participants into the process and hopefully give them tools.” Medical device security has been on security risk managers’ radar for at least a decade. In the field of healthcare, there has been a sudden boom of interest in connected devices. Today, 10 to 15 gadgets are connected per hospital bed, with a mix of bedside and maybe wearable or implanted equipment. The more components we add to a network, the more likely it is to be harmed.